Geo-information Management for Land administration

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

Learn to use cadastral intelligence for designing and applying responsible land administration solutions

Master's Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

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Land | Information | Technologies

LAND is at the basis of all societies. An effective land administration means secure land tenure, efficient land markets, support to urban and regional planning and land development. It contributes to developing and supporting local economies, reducing poverty as well as helping to avoid land-related disputes. Unfortunately, less than a quarter of the world’s countries maintain a complete land administration system based on appropriate geo-information management. Would you like to be a change agent supporting countries to achieve and sustain societal stability and prosperity? Then ITC’s specialization in Geo-information Management for Land Administration is your perfect choice.

INFORMATION on land tenure and property rights, value, and use of land are crucial to offering tenure security to all, implement land reform, support the land market, poverty reduction, food security, preserve the environment and nature conservation. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to design and apply responsible land administration solutions in an environment of rapidly evolving technologies to address real-life challenges. To this end, we take a multi-disciplinary approach, with considerable emphasis on Geospatial technologies and Geo-information management embedded in the local socio-political context.

TECHNOLOGIES to obtain theoretical and practical knowledge about cadastral data acquisition, database and Geo-information modelling for land administration, land information systems and 3D cadaster. We offer courses on securing land tenure and property rights, land policy and land management, organizing land administration and innovative approaches for cadastral data acquisition and dissemination. This ranges from advanced technologies like the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to participatory methods for data collection. Responsible land governance and fit-for-purpose land administration are the guiding principles in the program.

Responsible land administration solutions

Our courses provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to design and apply responsible land administration solutions in an environment of fast raising technologies to address real-life challenges. To this end, we take a multi-disciplinary approach, with considerable emphasis on geospatial technologies and geo-information management embedded in the local socio-political context.


This course is eligible for various partial and full scholarships.

You must first apply for admission to the course. This will ensure that your application for admission can be processed in time for consideration for the scholarship.

More information about scholarships.

Specialization courses 

See the full programme structure for a complete overview of courses in the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. 

  • Responsible land administration (7 credits)

    Responsible land administration
    The aim this course is twofold. First, it introduces the fundamental concepts and approaches related to securing land tenure. The concepts of land tenure, land rights, land law, the continuum of land rights, security of tenure – including  ways to assess land tenure security – and the need for securing land rights in both urban and rural settings are covered. The course addresses conventional and innovative approaches and systems of securing land rights, such as systems of land registration and cadaster and land administration systems.

    Secondly, attention is paid to cadasters and land registration systems in the broader context of land policy and land management. The relationship between land policy and land administration functions – tenure, land use, land value, and land development –  is analyzed and applied. The economic, environmental, and social drivers underpinning land policy development are examined. Importance of country context is considered. The course relates state-of-the-art scientific knowledge (theory) to students' professional working or country experiences (practice).

  • Land information systems and models (7 credits)

    Land information systems are systems for acquiring, processing, storing, and distributing information about land. They provide for secure land tenure and support land valuation, land use planning and land development. Whilst the design of land administration systems must align to the context where they are to be applied, there are fundamental concepts that apply to all land information systems. The main objective of this course is to discover, apply, and assess these concepts and technologies – and inspire students to deploy them in the creation and maintenance of scalable real-world land information systems.

  • Cadastral data acquisition technologies and dissemination methods (7 credits)

    Land Informatics is the science and technology that deals with the creation, maintenance, and dissemination of land information. It uses the existing structures of geoinformatics to design fit-for-purpose land administration systems. 3D Cadastres are land administration concepts, technologies, and systems that deal with the height dimension. Moreover, the use of ICT, open source, proprietary and web-based services, have seen an emergence of innovative cadastres. They can efficiently support unconventional land administration through documentation and management of land rights.

    This course aims to provide contemporary knowledge, hands-on experience, and implementation know-how in land informatics and 3D Cadastre using innovative tools. Through practical sessions, you obtain experience and a better understanding of the possible innovations and their applications. Their relevance for different country contexts and scenarios are evaluated.

  • Organizing land information (7 credits)

    Land administration has long been executed through state-based agencies such as cadastral departments, land registry offices, ministries of land, or local governments. These organizations do not act in a vacuum, but within larger institutional fields and forces. The broader environment of land governance, in which public organizations operate, is characterized by the interactions of multiple state and non-state actors, formal and informal practices, and various regulatory frameworks. In recent years this environment has been quickly changing in the course of public sector reform, budget constraints, and increased adoption of (geo)Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including mobile technologies and social media.

    It is important therefore to understand: how public land administration agencies have developed historically within the broader institutional setting of land governance and in response to external changes; how these agencies work internally in both formal and informal ways; how organizational change can take place in order to adapt to new developments; and which innovative services in land administration are available/under development. Within this course, that would be made possible via lectures, discussions of relevant literature, as well as workshops on the use of tools, which can aid in organizational strategy building and development.

How do we educate

We offer academic and professional education in-house and online in a distinctive international setting. We educate young- and mid-career professionals, where, the current trends move towards academic education rather than professional training and lifelong learning via e-learning rather than one-time training. For your MSc research, you’ll have the option of joining forces with dedicated ITC research group: People, Land and Urban Systems – PLUS.

Master's specialization

This specialization is part of the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.


We work in close cooperation with The NetherlandsCadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), under our joint initiative of the School for Land Administration Studies. This guarantees that our education benefits from the practical and technological knowledge of Kadaster both in the Netherlands as well as abroad in the domain of land administration.

New advancements in land administration

Career perspectives

Be the change agents capable to design and apply responsible land administration solutions to address real-life challenges. Upon graduation, land sector agencies, such as national cadasters or ministries dealing with land, as well as local and international NGOs, will be interested in your services as a land professional. Our programmes prepare you also to become a private practitioner or start an academic career in land administration.

Joint Master's

ITC has entered into partnerships with reputable qualified educational institutes for the purpose of providing joint courses in several countries. Under this arrangement, (part of) the programme, leading to a diploma in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente, can be conducted at the partner institute.

Key information

Top rated programme
CROHO code
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
2 years
100% English-taught
Application deadline
1 July 2023
1 July 2024
non EU/EEA
1 June 2023
1 June 2024
15 August 2023
15 August 2024
Starting date
1 September 2023
1 September 2024
End date
25 July 2025
24 July 2026
Tuition fees
Full period 2023 / 2024
full-time, non-EU/EEA
€ 16.750
full-time, non-EU/EER
€ 16.750
Additional costs
Cost of living, year
€ 11.500
Insurance, full programme
€ 1.260
Visa, full programme
€ 250